Over two years ago, we first brought you the news that the Ruffin Nichols Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church at 11th & Mount Vernon had been purchased by developers. At that time, we suspected that this meant the end of the building, and we were right. About a year later, part of the church had been taken down but demolition activity had ceased on the site, creating a weird situation where passersby were able to get a very unusual look inside the mostly-still-standing church.
Two years back
A year ago
Finally, over the last few months, the rest of the church was demolished. Now, the spot where the church stood for many decades is a flat dirt lot. Eventually, we understand fourteen condos and four townhomes will rise here.
Current view shows
Back in May, we told you about a new froyo place opening on the corner of 20th & Brandywine, in a space previously inhabited by a little grocery store. At the time, we suggested that we were excited to try out some of their interesting product mix, which included cotton candy, smoothies, frozen yogurt, bubble tea, macaroons, coffee, and dog treats. But over the last few weeks, we’ve noticed that the place has not been open. And more recently, their signs have been covered and a zoning notice has appeared.
Does anyone know what happened to Momoyo? Did they crash and burn in just a few months? Did they run into some kind of permitting problem? Were there issues with the landlord?
Any insight from neighbors would be much appreciated.
The historic Spring Garden neighborhood has come a long way in the last twenty years. By now, most of the neighborhood has been redeveloped, with quaint row homes and historic mansions filling its tree-lined streets. Because of this, any example of vacancy in the neighborhood is particularly striking. So we look at a string of parcels on the west side of the 600 block of N 16th Street, a block south of Fairmount, and wonder when they’ll soon be redeveloped like the rest of the neighborhood.
The vacant property on the corner, 622 N. 16th St., is owned by PHA. In this area, the Housing Authority generally does a pretty good job, with numerous rental properties that are relatively well maintained. Take, for example, the building just a few doors down, also owned by PHA,…
On the southeast corner of 12th & Brandywine, a new building is currently under construction. You may recall, we brought this intersection to your attention many moons ago, when we talked about six new homes coming to the northeast corner. While that project is not yet in the ground, plans we were previously unaware of are already in full swing.
In the past
535 N. 12th St. will be a five unit building- whether it will be rentals or condos we do not know. Interestingly, this parcel was previously part of the Church of the Assumption plot, but it was broken off from the church by the current owner. It seems that even while the church’s possible demolition is tied up in the courts, the owners are at least looking to do something with some part…
In the well-established Spring Garden neighborhood, a humungous home at 1538 Green St. that features a theater and a swimming pool in the basement, a roof deck and two terraces, is almost finished. The 8180 sqft mammoth reminds us of the way people might have lived in the old mansions that once lined Spring Garden Street in the early 1800s, like Bush Hill at 19th & Spring Garden. As it were, the 1900 block of Spring Garden is currently in the midst of some positive changes, as we detailed yesterday.
The mansion at 1538 Green St. is being built by MetroImpact, a developer that has greatly expanded their horizons in recent years. For example, they’re also working on the Fitz4 project at Chadwick & Fitzwater, one of the more daring architectural visions in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood.…
We were in the neighborhood the other day and passed by the Independence Press Building at 11th & Green. For what felt like the hundredth time, we thought to ourselves how great it would be if this place would get rehabbed already. Earlier this year when we told you about another proposed project on this block, we mentioned this property as a tremendous development opportunity in a growing neighborhood.
On Green Street
Looking up on 11th Street
When we passed by, we noticed something new and different about the building. Some signage had been added that made up extremely optimistic that it would soon change hands and could receive the attention it deserves in the near future.
From what we understand,…